1.23.18 TGS Luncheon with John Burnham Shaw

Event Description 

TGS Luncheon - January 23, 2018  11:30 am


The Summit Club,
15 West Sixth Street, 
Tulsa, OK 74119,
The Bank of America Building (6th & Boulder--downtown)


Speaker: John Burnham Shaw
Topic: Processes and Stratigraphic Products of River Delta Channel Networks

Abstract: Channel networks on river deltas form important architectural elements in deltaic reservoirs, and control growth patterns in modern systems. I will show recent progress in understanding the formative processes of distributary channels and how the network geometry can be predicted. In particular, I will show that the distance to the first island on a delta is predictable and that the mean angle of bifurcation between channels is 72 degrees, consistent with theoretical prediction. Theory, experiments, measurements from modern systems, and stratigraphic implications will be discussed.

Bio:  John Shaw grew up in Minnesota. He attended Oberlin College, and graduated in 2007 with degrees in Geology and Applied Mathematics. After working briefly at the Minnesota Geological Survey and Saint Anthony Falls Research Laboratory in Minneapolis, John moved to the University of Texas to pursue a doctorate. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 with a dissertation titled "The Kinematics of Distributary Channels on the Wax Lake Delta, coastal Louisiana, USA." He then moved to the University of Wyoming as an NSF post-doctoral fellow. In 2014, he joined the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas.

Lunch will be served in the Summit Club Ballroom on the 30th floor. Lunch buffet is at 11:30 and the presentation is at Noon. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Thanks to our sponsors, the lunch is free for TGS Faculty members and TGS student members, with a reservation. Cash or check is accepted at the door. If you are a TGS sponsor and receive free lunches, Please select the CASH option when registering and let the cashier know when you arrive! The Summit Club will validate parking in the Bank of America Building parking garage and the OneOk Parking Garage. 


Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19th by Noon . Late registration fee is $10.

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